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The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or On the Segregation of the Queen: King, Laurie R.

The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or On the Segregation of the Queen

King, Laurie R.

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ISBN 10: 0312104235 / ISBN 13: 9780312104238
Published by St. Martin's Press, NY, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine book in nearly fine dust jacket. This is Laurie King's second book and, in my estimation, her finest. The basic plot is that Mary Russell, a young woman of only fifteen years, quite unexpectedly meets a retired beekeeper on the Sussex Downs in 1914. This beekeeper just happens to be Sherlock Holmes. Mary, whom Holmes recognizes as very bright, becomes his apprentice and, needless to say, "the game's afoot"!. Bookseller Inventory # PG-31-CP

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Title: The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or On the ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, NY

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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What would happen if Sherlock Homles, a perfect man of the Victorian age--pompous, smug, and misogynisitic--were to come face to face with a twentieth-century female? If she grew to be a partner worthy of his great talents?

Laurie R. King, whose very different first novel,. A Grave Talent (SMP, 1993), drew rave reviews, read the Conan Doyle stories and wondered about such an imaginary encounter. And following through, she has written The Beekeeper's Apprentice.

1914, a young woman named Mary Russell meets a retired beekeeper on the Sussex Downs. His name is Sherlock Holmes. And although he may have all the Victorian "flaws" listed above, the Great Detective is no fool, and can spot a fellow intellect even in a fifteen-year-old woman.

So, at first informally, then consciously, he takes Mary Russell as his apprentice. They work on a few small local cases, then on a larger and more urgent investigation, which ends successfully. All the time, Mary is developing as a detective in her own right, with the benefit of the knowledge and experience of her mentor and, increasingly, friend.

And then the sky opens on them, and they find themselves the targets of a slippery, murderous, and apparently all-knowing adversary. Together they devise a plan to trap their enemy--a plan that may save their lives but may also kill off their relationship.

This is not a "Sherlock Holmes" story. It is the story of a modern young woman who comes to know and work with Holmes, the story of young woman coming to terms with herself and with this older man who embodies the age that is past.

From the Publisher:

Edgar Award-winning author Laurie R. King

Sherlock Holmes meets his match in a formidable new enemy--
and his surprising new partner

"Rousing...riveting...suspenseful." --Chicago Sun-Times

"The Beekeeper's Apprentice has power to charm the most grizzled Baker Street Irregular." --Daily News, New York

"If there is a new P. D. James... I would put my money on Laurie R. King, whose A Grave Talent kept me reading deep into the night."
--The Boston Globe

"Amazing first novel with intelligence, intrigue, and intricacy...This work exhibits strong psychological undertones, compelling urgency, and dramatic action. [Laurie King is] a writer to watch." --Library Journal

"Wonderful: an intelligently and imaginatively crafted novel that's also great fun." --The Drood Review of Mystery (Editors' Choice of 1994)

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